UTSI Employee Development

Educational Assistance (Fee Waivers)

Training Scheduled at UTSI

HR0128 Human Resources Development

UTSI Staff Training and Development Program

UT Career Development Fund

Educational Assistance


Training Scheduled at UTSI

To register for training, please email hr@utsi.edu and indicate which seminar you will be attending.  For sessions you attend, you will receive credit toward your 32 hours of training and development activities as outlined in Human Resources policy HRO 128, Human Resources Development.  If questions, please contact the HR office at ext. 37226.

2018 Training Schedule for UTSI


Position Description Training – “How to Write an Effective Position Description”

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Room H-111

Please register by emailing hr@utsi.edu or leaving a message at ext. 37226 as soon as possible.


  • Staff Performance Evaluation Training

    Thursday, February 1, 2018, Lower B Computer Lab

    –Staff Employees – 9:00 – 10:00 am

    –Supervisors/Managers/Dept Heads – 10:00 – 11:00 am

    RSVP by emailing hr@utsi.edu or call ext. 37226.


    Leading at the Speed of Trust, Johanna Owenby, UT Employee and Organizational Development

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Lower A Conference Room

    Intended Audience: Leaders, managers, and individual contributors who lead major program or project areas. Program content is geared toward those who influence the work of others and serve in a supervisory capacity or above.

    This seminar has a 10 business-day cancellation policy.

    COST: $150 – (Cost will be covered by the UTSI Human Resources office.)

    REGISTRATION PROCESS:  To register, access K@TE by going to the UT EOD home page – https://hr.tennessee.edu/training/ – and clicking the “Register for Training & Access eLearning” button.  Once logged in with your netID and password, browse for training by going to the “Learning” tab, click on “Events Calendar,” search for February 21, click on training, and click “Request.”  Questions regarding K@TE should be directed to Emily Weaver at eweaver8@utk.edu or (865)974-6657.  If need assistance, please contact the UTSI HR office.


Life Planning Seminar hosted by UT Benefits and Retirement

March 20 & 21, 2018

Lower A Conference Room



  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Johanna Owenby, UT Employee and Organizational Development

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Lower A Conference Room

Cost: $35* (Cost will be covered by the UTSI Human Resources.)


Join us for one of the most popular courses offered at organizations and universities worldwide! The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a research-based assessment that helps individuals and teams understand how they perceive information, interact with others, communicate, and structure their careers. If you are interested in insight into self and others, you don’t want to miss this class. The $35 fee covers purchased booklet and assessment. Cancellations for this course must be made 10 business days before the class date.

*10 business-day cancellation policy: If a registered participant cancels within 10 business days of the date of training that has a fee, a conference, or a seminar, the department will be charged the full fee. If the department will not pay, the individual will be invoiced for the amount. Departments are welcome to send a substitute if the registered attendee must cancel within this 10 business-day period.

  • Using MBTI for Insightful Leadership, Johanna Owenby, UT Employee and Organizational Development

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 8:30 – 11:30 am

Lower A Conference Room


Prerequisite: Participants must have taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and know their reported type. Interested supervisors should take the EOD Myers Briggs Type Indicator course if they have not already taken the assessment. Join us for a leadership course that puts Myers Briggs to work! This program helps supervisors and leaders use awareness of their MBTI type to more effectively manage and lead their teams.


  • Critical Conversation Skills, Leah Graves, UT Employee and Organizational Development

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Lower A Conference room


Based on the NY Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High, this class will give you the tools necessary to prepare for high-stakes conversations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, and make it safe to talk about almost anything.

  • Nonverbal Communication for Professionals, Leah Graves, UT Employee and Organizational Development

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – 8:30 – 11:30 am


Mannerisms, gestures, and expressions say something about an individual employee. Participants will discover nonverbal cues through situational examples, videos, and images. Register for this course to better decode and interpret the body language of others to improve communication, service, and overall workplace effectiveness.


UT Human Resources Policies and UTSI Procedures Overview


Facilitators: Mike Herbstritt, UT Human Resources, & Patricia Burks-Jelks, UTSI Human Resources

Overview of the Human Resources Policies and UTSI HR Procedures.


Legal Aspects of Management & Supervision


Facilitator: Mike Fitzgerald, UT Office of the General Counsel

Managers face rules and procedures of ever-increasing complexity. This program will provide guidance in the consideration and application of state and federal laws and university policies and procedures as they pertain to university employees. Regulations to be discussed will include FMLA, ADA, disciplinary procedures, discrimination procedures, sexual harassment policies, and more.



The UT Administrative Professionals’ Retreat is sponsored each year by the UT HR Office of Employee and Organizational Development.

Click here for more info.

If you have a training suggestion, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at ext. 37226.

HR0128 Human Resources Development

 As a result of employee feedback from the Employee Satisfaction Survey, the university revised its Human Resources Development Policy HR0128 to encourage supervisors and managers to plan for 32 hours of professional development every year for faculty and staff as part of an overall career development plan, including conferences and programs both outside and within the university.

To receive credit for classes taken, please complete the Request for Additional Training Credit.

Faculty and staff are the university’s most valuable resource.  Investing in professional development builds a strong University of Tennessee Space Institute.  If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at (931) 393-7226 or email pjelks@utsi.edu.

HR0128 – FAQ’S


UTSI Staff Training and Development Program

 To Regular Faculty and Staff:

As identified in the HR Workplace Satisfaction Survey results, a UTSI Human Resources Staff Training and Development Program has been established effective immediately.

All regular employees are eligible to participate in this program (temporary and student employees are not eligible).  Those eligible will be provided funding for up to two (2) courses per fiscal year and up to a maximum of $200.  This applies to courses offered at UTSI such as those offered through the Continuing Education Department.  Exceptions to the guidelines will be considered.  Justification for the exception is required at the time of the request. This program will not be used to pay for courses in conjunction with the University’s fee waiver program.

When the application is completed and signed by both the employee and the department head/supervisor, it should be submitted to HR for review and final approval.  The application will be returned to the employee and if approved, it should be presented at the time of registration. Cost of the course will be billed to the UTSI HR Staff Training and Development Program. Printed copies are available in the Human Resources office.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact pjelks@utsi.edu or call ext. 37267. 

UT Career Development Fund

Financial assistance from the University of Tennessee Career Development Fund (CDF) enables employees to attend professional development programs. The CDF committee reviews requests and approves funding based on the guidelines.

Non-exempt, regular, full- or part-time may participate. CDF will only fund participation in conferences that take place in Tennessee.

To read more information about the Career Development Fund, its guidelines, and eligibility requirements, please visit the website athttp://www.tennessee.edu/cdf.

To apply, please complete the Career Development Fund Application and return to the UTSI Human Resources office at least four weeks prior to the activity/program. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at (931) 393-7226 or email pjelks@utsi.edu.